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Pentagon Renovation Program
Walker Lee Evey
Date and Agenda:
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
11:30am - Networking
12:00 through 1:00pm - Presentation
1 PDU Credit for Certified PMPs
Location and Cost
This luncheon is free and open to the public.
Advance registration is required to attend.
2101 L Street NW
Washington DC, 20037
About the Presentation
In 1997 the Pentagon Renovation Program faced a significant
challenge. The world’s largest office building was a hastily
constructed building which had not been properly maintained or updated
during its sixty year life. Initial efforts to
renovate the building and to bring it to modern standards had proved
disappointing. It appeared inevitable that costs would
dramatically escalate, schedules would slip and construction quality
would suffer. Already building occupants were complaining
about the disappointing quality of projects which were being completed.
Deputy Secretary of Defense, Dr. John Hamre, decided to bring the program under new management. He selected as Program Manager an individual with a unique background. Mr. Walker Lee Evey was a contracting and acquisition specialist, not a construction or design specialist, and he brought a unique perspective on how to achieve success in complex and highly challenging projects. Evey believed passionately in the power of leadership and in the promise of extraordinary capabilities that he believed lay dormant within organizations but which can be tapped by properly motivating the workforce. Evey developed a new way of doing business; an approach that challenged the traditional design and construction paradigm by placing the responsibility for success onto the workers and giving them the opportunity to make decisions, control their own work processes and receive rewards commensurate with the effectiveness of their performance.
This new way of doing business was challenged on September 11, 2001 when the Pentagon became the target of a terrorist attack. The workers at the Pentagon came to see the challenge to re-build the building as a “final exam” which tested their new ways of doing business and challenged them to be more efficient and more effective than anyone thought possible. The outcome is a tale of heroism and hard work that pitted the brains, the brawn, and sometimes the blood, of a highly motivated workforce of common individuals who overcame adversity and achieved a most uncommon success.
About the Speaker
Walker Lee EveyLee has over 30 years of results-driven contracting, acquisition and program management experience. With a reputation as the go-to person for the hardest challenges in program management, negotiation and project turn-around, he is widely recognized as a best practice leader in government and enterprise operations.
Best known as the innovative Program Manager for the Pentagon Renovation, a 10 year, $4 billion, major construction program, he reported directly to the Deputy Secretary of Defense, turning a program on the verge of cancellation into an award winner. The project ultimately included oversight of the Phoenix Project which enabled the Pentagon to recover from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack in only one year.
Lee spent the majority of his career in federal government service as a senior acquisition management and contracting official for the Department of Defense, the Air Force, NASA and the Department of Energy. A member of the Senior Executive Service, Evey was credited with overseeing successful execution of highly challenging programs within these agencies.
Mr. Evey earned degrees in Psychology and a Masters in Special Education from the University of South Florida, along with a Masters in Management Science from the Florida Institute of Technology.
About the Washington Circle Luncheons
PMIWDC's Washington Circle luncheons are a series of free brownbag luncheons hosted at 2101 L St NW in Downtown DC. There are luncheons every fourth Wednesday of the month, unless posted otherwise.
Formerly known as the McPherson Square luncheons, this program series is made possible by the generous support of RTKL Associates, a full-service planning, architecture and creative services organization based in Washington Circle.
Washington Circle luncheons are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required for all programs